Google Maps has changed the way we drive. Thanks to the app, you can give your friends an accurate ETA when you’re on the way to meet them, and for those of us who are directionally challenged, it’s a lifesaver when navigating to an unfamiliar location.
Another great feature of the app is its ability to detect traffic backups and suggest alternate routes to get where you’re going faster.
To predict traffic jams, Google Maps gathers information by pinging phones that use the app in a given area. But an artist in Berlin noticed at a May Day celebration a few years ago that this technology had created what appeared to be a traffic jam in a place that was full of people, not cars.
So Simon Weckert took to the streets to confuse the app by pulling a wagon filled with 99 smartphones around Berlin, Germany. As he traveled through the city, his wagon was detected as a traffic jam, and the app began diverting users away from the area.
You can watch his process in the YouTube video he posted about the stunt: